Opportunities – Weekly Round-up: 6 November 2020

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Digital Opportunities

We’ve listed digital opportunities divided into those with deadlines, rolling deadlines, digital resources, and online workshops. Scroll down for live performance opportunities and in person workshops.  (For a listing of online streams of theatre productions, click here). 

With deadlines: 

INK Festival & BBC Radio Suffolk – An INKy Christmas – Deadline: 6 November 2020

Fighting Words NI & Nerve Centre – Screenwriting Mini-Academy (Northern Ireland) – Deadline: 12 November 2020

SOS Theatre Fest: CALL FOR ENTRIES! –  Deadline: 30 November 2020

Theatre West – Zooming Ahead – Deadline: various submission windows ending 28 February 2021


Rolling deadlines: 

ŠITE Productions are looking for Living Room Plays -Deadline: rolling

Calling Creative Contributors – writers, dancers, photographers, The Creative Pandemic – Deadline: rolling

Call out for Audio Comedy & Comedy/Drama Scripts! – Deadline: rolling

Caravan Theatre accepting submissions for online reading group – Deadlines: various

Cooped Up Creatives recruiting new contributors for poetry and art project – Deadline: rolling

Director’s Cut – LockDown OpenUp – Deadline: rolling

Durham Student Theatre are looking for 5 minute monologues – Deadline: rolling

Eclectic Full Contact Theatre seeking audio scripts for podcast – Deadline: none posted

Fable Workshop is looking for writers to create social distancing plays – Deadline: rolling

Fizzy Sherbet accepting short play submissions from womxn writers for new podcast – Deadline: rolling

Josef Weinberger Plays seeking 15 minute shorts for ISOPLAYTION – Deadline: rolling

LifeLogues – Series of monologues based on lived experiences – Deadline: none posted

Metal Rabbit Productions looking for scripts to be read out loud over Zoom – Deadline: rolling

Monday Playreaders are looking for new scripts to be read aloud via Zoom – Every Monday

Online New Writing Nights at Dapper Sandwich – Deadline: none posted

Table Spoon Theatre accepting submissions for online publication – Deadline: ongoing

The Creative Hub seeking submissions on theme of climate crisis – Deadline: none posted

Theatre Three Off-Stage/On-Line – accepting submissions – Deadline: rolling

Quarantine Quill – Creative writing podcast – Deadline: rolling

Up ‘Ere Productions new online play reading group ‘The Breakfast Club’ – Deadline: rolling until filled


Digital Resources:

300 Thoughts for Theatremakers by Russell Lucas

Access the Royal Court’s Playwrights’ Podcast

Bloomsbury Publishing: How to get your play published (view live stream of talk)

Chalk Musical Theatre Dramaturgy is a new script-reading service for musicals

Chippy Lane Productions open list of female writers

Uproar Theatre: Creative Outburst free writing program – Weekly from 19 October – 14 December 2020

Every week Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival showcasing a film of performance

Financial support for arts individuals and organisations from the government

FREE 7-Day Writing Coaching Programme from Pick up your Pen 

Free Q&As from Actor Awareness

Free scripts to read or use from Smith Scripts

Get Your Play On Podcast

Inverness Playwrights Writing Workshops

James McDermott – writer for hire selling zoom playwriting classes and script reports

LPW Podcast with Temi Wilkey, One Fine Play & The Bush Theatre

Lemon House Theatre launches Lemon Lounge: A series of talks with queer artists and artists from the MENA diaspora about their experiences in theatre

Lost Souls Monologues Podcast

New Diorama – North Star Project

New writing festival of 80 plays to help raise funds for Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre – Deadline: none specified

NHB Playgroup: read a play for free and take part in Q&A with the writer – Every Wednesday

Nick Hern Books launches Playscript Subscriptions

Nick Hern Books Still on the Page – offering 30% discount on play texts

Online readings with DG Footlights celebrating new dramatic works

Papatango Library & Arts Council Advice

Podcast with Winsome Pinnock and the reasons why her play Leave Taking continues to be revived

Press release for world’s first multimedia theatre discovery platform

Professor Dan Rebellato in discussion with playwrights on youtube

Regional Fundraisers for Theatre freelancers

Resources and events for writers & artists during quarantine from Part of the Main

Scene Sessions Online Forum

Sharp Scratches presents Writing in Isolation (Facebook Group)

Sherman Theatre Interval Projects

Smithscripts online scripts available to read

Space Theatre Club – watch a play online and meet up each week to discuss on zoom –Every week

Stagedoor App Podcast (Bridget Minamore and Chris Campbell of the Royal Court’s Literary Office)

Stage Door Live – episode 8 on access and inclusion

Talawa- One on one Zoom meetings for Black British Writers

The Arts Council publish Easy Read versions of the guidance for two of their Emergency Response Package funds

The Goats Theatre Company presents new short plays and poems in their podcast

Underscore Studios launch project to address class imbalance in the arts

WGGB launches FREE Musical Theatre Kit

Women & Theatre podcast series exploring women and work

Writers warm-up every Mon/Fri at 10:15am by Playwrights’ Workshop (not affiliated with LPW)

Writing Resources from The Bruntwood Prize


Online Courses and Workshops

Part of the Main: Part of the Grid back with new online workshops – Dates: various

Bush Theatre Masterclasses  – Dates: various (available both in person and online)

Poleroid: Play In – Series 2 (Brand new masterclass opportunities for students) – Dates: various

Dramatists Guild Silent Writing Sessions (Zoom) – Dates: Every Wednesday in October 2020

Chippy Lane Productions: Welsh Female Writers Group – FREE online sessions for Welsh Female Writers – Date: 26 October/ 22 November/ 8 December 2020

LPW Online Workshops: Writing for Audio (4 week introductory course) : Running again – Starts 2 November 2020

LPW Online Workshops: Focus on the 5 Act Structure – Date: 7 November 2020

LPW Online Workshops: Making an Impact in Your Opening Scene – Date: 14 November 2020

Part of the Grid July Workshops for Writers 

An Introduction to Screenwriting: free online course with FutureLearn & Uni. of East Anglia

New Online Course: Mastering Dramatic Structure  -Live now

LPW Summer Sessions: Overcoming writers’ block (online workshop)

LPW Summer Sessions: How to write a monologue (online workshop)

LPW Summer Sessions: Promoting yourself as a writer (online workshops)

LPW: The Redrafting Toolkit

LPW Members: Online Course – Writing in Dialect: How to Listen, What to Write –  Available now

LPW Members: Online Course – The Submissions Checklist 

Black Lives, Black Words: Playwriting Fundamentals Course

Papatango Online Workshops

Squint’s GET WRITING and KEEP WRITING online workshops now booking – Dates: various


Live playwriting Opportunities

Listed in order of deadline, followed those with deadlines, and workshops & events. 

With deadlines: 

Play Submissions Helper: 35 Play Submissions Opps with November Deadlines – Deadline: various throughout November 2020

Book Writer/ Liberttist wanted for collaboration on new musical – Deadline: asap

New Writing North & Sky Writes – Writers in Residence – Deadline: 6 November 2020

Out of Joint – Stockroom: accepting applications for writers room for theatre  (Head writer role)- Deadline: 19 November 2020

Out of Joint – Stockroom: accepting applications for writers room for theatre – Deadline: 16 November 2020

The Royal Exchange Theatre seeking a Young Company Writer (paid) – Deadline: 16 November 2020

British Youth Music Theatre (BYMT) – Write for Winter Competition – Deadline: 22 November 2020

Hope Mill Theatre Through the Mill Playwriting Competition – Deadline: 27 November 2020

Scranton Scratch accepting submissions – Deadline: 27 November 2020

The Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh – The Lyceum’s L20: Artist Attachment Programme – Deadline: 29 November 2020

Ashland New Plays Festival open for submissions ($20 entry fee/ $1500 prize) – Deadline: 1 December 2020 (or when 500 submissions are received, whichever is sooner)

Ardimages UK and Shudder Films with the support of Curzon and Charades – Mother Tongues Award – Deadline: 1 December 2020

Comedy Crowd Chorts – accepting submissions – Deadline: 4 December 2020

The Treason Show – Topical Comedy Writers – Deadlines: every 2 weeks until 7 December 2020

New plays required for performance at Mountview’s ‘Catalyst’ Festival – Deadline: 20 December 2020

Editorial DALYA accepting submissions for the V International Playwriting Contest – Deadline: 31 December 2020

BBC Writersroom announce window for Drama and Comedy Drama Scripts – Deadline: 6 January 2020

University of Chester & Storyhouse – The Cheshire Prize for Literature – Deadline: 31 January 2021

Edwin Wong presents the 3rd annual Risk Theatre Modern Tragedy Playwriting Competition – Deadline: 31 May 2021


Rolling deadlines (please note that some of these opportunities are currently on hold due to covid-19, please visit individual websites for up to date information). 

The Swiss Church London offering subsided space for artists – Deadline: not applicable

London Pub Theatres seeking new reviewers – Deadline: none posted

The New Works Playhouse accepting submissions – Deadline: rolling

Sapphic Voices are looking for women playwrights for a radio slot – Deadline: none posted

StageLaunch a brand-new website connecting indie/unpublished playwrights – Deadline: not applicable

Eclectic Full Contact Theatre interested in developing a stable of writers -Deadline: ongoing

Work-in-Development Submissions for the John Thaw Studio at The Actors Centre – Deadline: ongoing

Write Protect looking for proven script consultants to work on paid submissions – Deadline: none posted

Concord Theatricals are accepting unsolicited submissions – Deadline: ongoing

The BCG Pro Video Contest is looking for 2 minute scripted video sketches (prize £100) – Deadline: until further notice

The Royal Court now accepting online submissions – Deadline: rolling

London Playwrights Workshop accepting rolling submissions from members – Deadline: rolling

John Byrne Award monthly competition for creative work (prize £250) – Deadline: monthly

Brush Stroke Order now offering bursaries for script reading services – Deadline: rolling

Hampstead Theatre announces year round submission window

Peggy Ramsay Foundation: Grant for writers – Deadline: rolling

Tutti Creative Space: cheap rehearsal space – Deadline: not applicable

Manhattan Repertory Theatre’s Play Production Programme – Deadline: Ongoing

Newsthump looking for spoof news writers – Deadline: ongoing

Arvon Grants available for writing courses – Deadline: none posted/ various

Paines Plough accepting ongoing submissions – Deadline: rolling


Events and workshops:

Bush Theatre Masterclasses  – Dates: various (available both in person and online)

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